Gratitude | East End Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A limited edition Barleywine Style Ale, brewed in November in the American tradition and hand packaged to specially commemorate the anniversary of the brewery each year.

Gratitude Wax Colors:

2005-Red Wax
2006-Orange Wax
2007-Yellow Wax
2008-Green Wax
2009-Blue Wax
2010-Indigo Wax
2011-no wax, blank cap (Flatitude)
2012-no wax, "12" on cap (Flatitude)
2013-Violet Wax
2014 - red wax, label made to look like paper

Added by beergeek279 on 12-23-2005

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

East End Gratitude Red Wax 2005

#310 out of 600 on this hand written portion of the brown paper label, first I have to thank Margie from the Map Room for the opportunity to purchase this from her five bottle stash set aside for her brothers Christmas presents, well that fifth brother should have like beer a little more.

Appears a ruddy orangish red tone with a real murky haze to it especially once the whole bottle gets poured forms a large sized fine bubbled creamy caramel tan head lacing forms with each sip and stayed on until I emptied my glass.

Aroma has a brown sugar glazed fruit flow to it comes with pear, plum, raisin really overall a carmelized slightly burnt breadiness mildly spiced with tobacco leaf herbal effects, some vinous tartness and other well rounded earthy herbal hops thrown in.

Flavor brings sugary esters and fruit tones galore more ripened plums, raisins, and a touch of passion fruit some pear/pineapple funk going on the sweetness is almost syrupy but enough of the burnt sugar comes from the wealthy malt bill to take the edge off not overly boozy but definitely detectable not US hopped takes the UK approach on this one in a good way earthy tobacco leaf in the finish really complements this barleywine.

Mouthfeel is full bodied lucious creamy sticky texture really flows with an even carbonation incredibly smooth for such a big beer stays on the palate with a welcomed aftertaste.

Drinkability an all out eye opener I got to sample this on cask at the East End open house and this stuff was incredible then with a bit of age on this bottle it's even better really will induce cravings for more after sharing with a my BA buddy jcdiflorio we both agreed we wished we had another bottle, only 600 bottles glad we had a shot at it. This is world class beer brewed in Pittsburgh, congrats again on Scott's recent recognition in the BA magazine.

East End Gratitude Barleywine Ale 2006 Orange wax seal 11.4% abv Pittsburgh, PA

Appearance is deep semi clouded blood orange amber with a tan head rising above the rim of my Piraat chalice. Lacing is thick and chunky in all of this beers aged beauty, unlike many others I've held onto this beer since the original release. A lot of the time was spent in jcdiflorio's cellar so I wouldn't be tempted to crack it prematurely, since yesterday I celebrated my 26th birthday I decided now was the time to break out the 2006 Gratitude. I think I'll snag a bottle of 2007 to hold onto until my next birthday. Did I mention the head retention and intricate lacing effortlessly coats the entire chalice, great looking barleywine.

Aromatics offer a harmonious blend of juicy over ripened fruit notes with tropical pineapple and plum brandy colliding. Big luscious hops offer up citrus peels and pine cone scents that bring you back to nature. Caramelized brown sugar and a soothing alcohol with borderline medicinal qualities also play a role in the experience. Bold American hops stand up well creating one hell of an East Coast Barleywine bred and brewed right here in the Burgh, once again amazing stuff.

Flavor coats the palate with sweet pineapple semi tart drizzled with caramelized brown sugar and soaked in plum brandy. Somewhat hot with alcohol but what good Barleywine isn't. Aggressive high alpha acid hop bursts bring citrus and pine cone with an earthy organic quality. Flavors work well I have a feeling based off of the draft version from it's initial release that this one is drinking it's prime. After adding the yeast sediment to my glass another layer of liquid bread quality overcomes an already fantastic drinking experience. Perfect blend of tooth numbing sweetness and enamel eating hoppiness, either way my mouth is tingling.

Mouthfeel is amazing velvet smoothness in the carbonation, medium to fuller bodied. Sticky edges from residual sweetness definitely bind to my palate, with hop oils really lubricating the situation. Great overall mouthfeel I can't wait until I age another of Scott Smith's incredibly complex malt and hop extravaganzas.

Drinkability easy to hoard and drink in a dark room by yourself or share with family and friends at a party. Even if the crowd may not understand Barleywines like most of us on this site, I guarantee if you offer a few samples of this brew around the room that you will open some palates up to new experiences possibly peak enough interest to pass on the craft beer revolution. Complexity with stunning adhesiveness breeds excellence in this style of beer, so far since 2005 Gratitude East End has nailed just that. Signed by Scott bottle number 1093/1300 here goes a big cheers right back at ya my friend.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yellow wax...2007 #566/1500 on Thanksgiving 2009. Perfect pour into my Brooklyn snifter- cascading 3 fingers of beige froth chesnut brown in appearance. After a few sips, wonderful spotted lacing with a nice beige ring throughout.
Aroma of nutmeg, molasses, old vine cherries, vintage port wine.
Mollassey hoppy up front with some prune kicked in. Dry and nutty quite the warmer. Subtle vinous and cinnamon...deeply complex. 2nd pour solidified my earlier observation- this is a genuine American Barleywine. Warming, blended to perfection.

I don't give 5's put often, but goddamm. I've drank a lot of Barleywine, and it can't get much better than this. Praise Marty Moose- Holy Shit!

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Photo of DmanGTR
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Indigo wax (2010), review from notes taken in 2011.

Poured perfectly clear. Deep maple, almost brown, but beautiful honey hues in the light. Creamy, long lasting head with multiple trails of lace. Very nicely balanced aromas of caramel creme and grapefruit zest... reminds me almost of a creamsicle very briefly, but then turns into english toffee, butterscotch, and a touch of vanilla. The forefront is sweet and fruity, leading to a mid palate burst of molasses, toffee, raisins, and finishing with rum and citrusy hops. Perfect carbonation for this style and flavor profile. Absolutely amazing barleywine.

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Photo of jasonm
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A little Christmas present to myself, I decided to splurge with a 2005 Gratitude. This is Bottle #443/600 and personally signed by Scott himself (his hand must have been sore by the end of the day). Poured into a Chimay chalice. Ive had it on tap a few times now, but this is my first chance to sit down with a whole bottle and really savor it.

A - The bottle itself is a work of art and it was almost a shame to have to break the wax seal to get into the good stuff inside. When poured, the color is a beautifully clear reddish/copper color and gives a dense beige-colored head with moderate staying power and lots of bridal sheet lacing.

S - The smell is intoxicatingly sweet, a combination of maple syrup, brown sugar, oranges, a dry, slightly musty earthy note, and some citrus and piney hop aromas.

T - I cant type fast enough to cover all the different flavors that present themselves. As with the aroma, the first thing you get is malty sweetness, although its more chocolate than the aroma, but with bits of the maple syrup and brown sugar notes from the aroma. Before the sweetness can get to settled in, spicy alcohol kicks in. At this point, the American side of this beast becomes more present as citrus hop flavors kick in and linger through the finish, including some orange pith bitterness

M - Big, chewy, perfect amount of carbonation, and a noticeable but pleasant amount of alcohol.

D - One year has been perfect to this excellent beer. Large, complex, balanced flavor. I cant wait for the 06.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 bottle from @treyliff, thanks buddy!

Look: Nice dark amber, some expected sediment from a 9 year old beer.

Smell: Dried fruit, roasted malt, no hops at all, slight oxidation, caramel.

Taste: First flavor is dried fruit and roasted malt, on par with the nose. Then, a wash of caramel and marshmallow, a bit of soy sauce and light sweetness followed by an intense burnt sugar flavor. The best way I can describe it the aftertaste of a really good chewy caramel. I've never experienced that flavor before in a beer, but maaaan it was amazing. No hop presence.

Feel: Appropriate amount of carbonation, not syrupy but not light either, just the right mouthfeel for a Barleywine.

Overall: I have a thing for Barleywines, and the 9 years of aging made this a superior beer. It tasted like drinking a beer that was brewed with tons of burnt sugar, in a good way. I wish I could have this beer again, but I know that it's probably never going to happen and it makes me sad.

I have had the 2015 version as well, which was definitely a good beer, but a bit of aging turned Gratitude into something magical.

If you can get a 2006 and you like Barleywines do you yourself a favor and get it before they become impossible to find. Superb beer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Insane return of DrJay tasting, day 3. Jay brought 2005-2007 vintages.

2005 - 4.9/5 Bottle #91/600

Pours a clear dark orange/coppery red, thin off white head forms, drops some lace spots and settles to a thick ring around the glass, nice retention. Smell is amazing, very rich, tons of toffee, light pine, brown sugar, figs and raisins, more caramel, light earthiness, very insane rich, just amazing. Taste is similar, very rich and malty, tons of toffee, bread, brown sugar, maple, light citrus, more caramel, buttery oak, lots of fig and raisin, just perfect. Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy, low carbonation, some warmth, insanely smooth and drinkable. Wow, best American barleywine ever.

2006 - 4.3/5 Bottle #587/1300

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost brown, thick off white head forms, drops a ton of lace on the glass, settles to a thin ring, nice retention. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, alcohol, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, quite fragrant, really nice and malty, some floral. Taste is nice too, brown sugar and toffee, very caramelized, some pine/grapefruit, raisins, very rich malts, bready, a lot rougher than the 2005. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with low carbonation, some heat. Definitely not as smooth as the 2005 but still a great barleywine.

2007 - 4.4/5 Bottle #1244/1500

Pours a clear dark orange/red, very thick off white head forms, drops to a solid layer, tons of lace on the glass, very nice retention. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, toffee, some pineapple, brown sugar, pine, butterscotch and oak, very rich, nice and malty. Taste is very rich, toasty up front, thick toffee, some brown sugar, gingerbread, some spicy alcohol, figs, an oaky/ash-like finish, slightly astringent. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, super smooth, some warmth. Great barleywine as well, I found it better than the 06 but no where near the 05. Thanks a ton for these beers Jay!

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Photo of DrJay
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 3. I brought the 2005-07 vertical and we tried them all back to back.

2005: 4.5/5/5/5/5
Bottle 91/600. This beer poured a clear copper colour with a fine, beige collar and skim of tiny bubbles. What foam was there had great retention and there was a bit of sticky lace. The aroma was awesome, lots of malt complexity. Caramel and toffee were abundant, cracker and biscuit, bread crust, and sweet. Fruity notes were citrus, mostly oranges. Light alcohol. Moderate bitterness with a lot of the same malt character as the aroma - caramel, toffee, cracker, biscuit, but with a sugary, candy sweetness. Dried fruits, raisins, figs, and citrusy hops. There was a hint of cinnamon as well. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very refined texture, super smooth, with a bit of alcohol warmth. This was an excellent barleywine. Elegant and smooth, superbly balanced and surprisingly drinkable. My only regret is that I don't have another bottle.

2006: 5/4.5/4/4/4
Bottle 587/1300. Slighly hazed coppery red colour with a big yellow/beige cap. Fine bubbles formed thick, chunky lacing that showed great head retention. Caramel and toffee, biscuit aroma, dried fruit, raisin and fig, with a bit of alcohol. Really quite nice smelling. Moderate bitterness, some grain and candy sweetness, caramel, toffee, citrus, sweet finish. Light alcohol. Just more than medium bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth and warm. This one's solid, but not as refined as the 2005. Time will tell if it reaches those heights.

2007: 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4
Bottle 1244/1500. Clear coppery red with a fluffy beige cap. Lots of thick lace and great head retention. There was a little bit of citrusy hop aroma that combined well with the candy sugar and caramel notes. Some toffee, biscuit, and a bit of dark fruit, but not as much as the earlier vintages. Moderate bitterness with a lot of malt up front, caramel, sugar, and toasted malts. Orange notes and light alcohol mid-palate, along with raisins. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation and fine bubbles. Quite smooth with mild warmth. This one's good now, but seems like it should end up like the 2005 given enough time. I'll probably let my remaining bottles sit for a while.

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Photo of Morey
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage consumed in the Fall of 2015.

So complex at this juncture that you'd almost swear that it's barrel aged. Caramel, Toffee, Figs, Raisin, Burnt Sugar, even a bit woody/musty. If there's a better non-barreled Barleywine out there, I haven't had it.

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Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 edition

Appearance- pours a cloudy golden/amber color with a thick cream head.
smell- lots of things going on in the nose. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and just a bit of orange. very light on the alcohol
taste- wow this is great very same flavors in the taste as in the smell + some dark fruits. very complex.
mouth feel- very good mouth feel. medium body and just under medium carbonation
drink ability- very good. this one should only get better with age.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

09 bottle

pours deep ruby red with a 1 finger off white head. smells of figs with some caramel apple. taste starts off very fruity green apples, pear and fig come to mind then ends with a nice sweet presence. mouthfeel is a little on the light side and carbonation is in there but soft. overall this beer blew my mind the first time i had it and this time achieved nothing less. outstanding beer alcohol is so well hidden and flavors all balance amazingly together.

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Photo of DIM
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily the most memorable packaging for a beer I've seen. So beautifuly presented that opening it felt like a desecration. I had a 2008 green waxed bottle, #666 of 700. The 00 were eyes with horns over them, nice touch!

a: This was a clear, brilliant ruby tinted mahogany. It poured with a smallish off-white head that faded quickly to small spots of lace.

s: Perfectly beautiful barleywine nose. I've never had a fresh bottle, so I have no basis for comparison. But I think I picked a good time to open this. I found aromas of candy like cherries (pixie sticks?), boozy plums, mild toffee, and muted piny hops.

t: I won't argue with the American barleywine classification, but I might call this a hybrid. The hops are present, but as a mild tingle rather than being assertively bitter. At a little over a year old, I would have expected this to be hoppier. That isn't a criticism mind you, just an observation. The most striking thing about Gratitude is that it manages to be so candy like without being tiresomely sweet. There is something in small doses akin to the souring dust on Sour Patch Kids that keeps this in check. I tasted a wonderful balance of candied raisins, plums, and cherries. All of which were gently warm.

m: A fantastic combination of gentle carbonation, a hefy body, and a delicious lingering tart sugariness.

d: Absolutely one of the best beers I've tried, it makes me wish I was a better writer. Obviously packaged with care, and with good reason. This amazing beer deserves the special treatment.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upon the first pour, a clear and vibrant amber with shades of rusty red. Lovely carbonation and a beautiful head that caps it off with amazing retention. Hell, the bottle alone deserves a high appearance score. It was hard to open but I'm glad I did.

Seductive scents for sure. Lots of sweetness abound with a rich malt presence. Brown sugar, caramel and toffee soaked in a syrupy honey glaze. Some fruity scents including pear and apple. Not much of a hop presence noted here.

Taste is all kinds of wonderful as well. Amazingly, it's not as thick as I had anticipated with all the malt in the nose. Excellent fruit combined with the sweetness of the malt make a perfect combo. Aside from the incredible complexity and taste of the malt, hops do become a bit more noticeable, though I'm sure they've faded quite a bit. A light pine is present but then, ahhhh! A lovely peachy citrus comes through that I just can't get enough of. This is some seriously good stuff.

In the mouth it's full and has a definite warming sensation. At the same time, I can't say this is boozy at all. Such a lovely texture that isn't cloying or syrupy. Just the right amount of bitterness is left behind for the finish and the carbonation makes this sublime feeling.

This is a big brew, though it's one that I could sip for hours on end. Each sip provides similar flavors but it seems that you can pick up more as you go. I didn't want this experience to end and regret that it did. Still, I'm extremely thankful I had the chance to try this one. It lived up to the HYPE! HYPE! HYPE! and then some.

A huge, enormous thank you to Erik for providing me a bottle of this, you are a BA's BA my friend.

EDIT: I noticed I had one fewer rating and thus, Gratitude has been consolidated into one beer. This review is for the 2005, which is my favorite. Shiest!

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Photo of grub
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005: 5/5/5/4.5/4.5 = 4.9
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with red wax. #91/600. sampled nov 29/08.

pours crystal clear deep red with a big fluffy yellow head. the head drops fast but leaves tons of lace as it falls.

aroma is excellent. big toffee and caramel. light alcohol. bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. grapefruit. bit of orange. light sweetness. this smells like heaven.

taste is amazing. medium bitterness level. caramel and toffee. bit of unrefined sugar. whole wheat bread. cracker. biscuit. this is a beer that has so much depth and complexity to hte malt profile that it's hard to capture. dark fruit, complex caramel, big malt, citrusy hops, and a big glass of amazing. the final sample poured from the bottle ended up with a bunch of yeast and came away with a big fruity component that i didn't expect but really enjoyed.

mouthfeel is great. just under medium carbonation level. slightly over medium body. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. it doesn't get much better than this. near perfection on most aspects. great depth and a superbly complex and drinkable barleywine. just plain excellent. highlight of the day.

2006: 5/4.5/3.5/4/4 = 4.1
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with orange wax. #587/1300. sampled nov 29/08.

pours deep reddish brown with a big yellow head. the head drops slowly and leaves a huge thick sheet of lace as it falls.

aroma is great. has many aspects of the 2005, but a bit less refined and mellowed. a little rough around the edges.

taste is a bit more moddled. there's some fruit, malt, and caramel aspects, but not nearly as nice as the 2005.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced, but next to the near perfection of the 2005 it just seems rough and uncouth. needs a little more time in the cellar.

2007: 4.5/4.5/4/4/3.5 = 4.15
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with yellow wax. #1244/1500. sampled nov 29/08.

pours deep red-brown with a bit of haze. the yellow head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. grapefruit. orange. toffee. big bread and biscuit. nicer than the 2006, but not as amazing as the 2005.

taste is good. sweet caramel and toffee. bread and biscuit malt. again, not as sloppy as the 2006, but not as amazing as the 2005.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance, decent depth, but it's hard to compete with the 2005. with time i think this one will get there though.

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Photo of garbercury
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 (Yellow wax) Served into snifter and shared with Reed415.

A--Nice lacing and retention, nice deep auburn color.

S--Wow, what a wonderful smelling beer. Toffee, caramel, and just a very subtle note of hops in the nose. I found myself wanting to smell this beer continually.

T--The taste matches the smell. Buttery caramel/toffee, sweet with just a touch of hops in the finish. I would imagine this beer has mellowed a bit, just perfect example of a barleywine.

M--Smooth on the palate

D--Considering the rarity and high abv of this one, I guess I had a hard time giving this one a 5. However, I would have no problem sitting down on a cold winter night and polishing off a bottle by myself. This beer is outstanding and benefits from some cellar time I would guess.

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Photo of Benish
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purple waxed bottle.

Appearance: opaque light brown. No head present. It's really nothing outlandish; it's very simple and straight forward.

Smell: Ton of vanilla, dark fruits, and some ripe bananas. Also a touch of oak. Very sweet and inviting.

Taste: Wow, it's so delicious. It starts out really sweet and mellow; some bitterness just gradually comes in but nothing too aggressive. Tasted notes of vanilla, dark fruits and a subtle spiciness. This really is outstanding, it's such a simple barleywine that doesn't over complicate things. But what really blew me away is it's sweetness. It's sweetness was concocted so well yet it's not cloying.

Mouthfeel: very smooth and silky with minimal carbonation

Overall: this is outstanding. It's not a complicated barleywine; instead its simple, sweet, and mellow.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blue-waxed Gratitude '09, Bottle #1424/1500.

Many many thanks to Joe (Sench) for sharing this.

Really this is an amazing bottle and label. I really like the idea that this beer is put out as a "thank you" to the loyal customers of East End. And what a beer it is.

Pours a beautiful hazy copper caramel color with an inch or two of light orange cream colored head. So far so good. Extra points for the bottle.

Smell is incredible. This is definitely going to be one of my favorite beers, I can just tell. Big candied fruit aromas, some citrus hops, a hint of alcohol, some caramel malt underneath. I don't even want to drink it, it smells so good.

Taste follows the smell. Honestly, it reminds me to some degree of Olde School Barleywine, or at least it has a similar flavor profile. Follows the nose, with big fruity flavors that dance in and out. Sometimes darker like cherries and raisins, and sometimes lighter like pineapple, pears, and oranges. Delicious. All of this on top of a nice caramel sweetness, and moderate toasted malt. Tremendous. Robust, but balanced. Unreal.

Mouthfeel might be the only thing I can knock on this guy. It's not quite as full as I would hope for. Very smooth, however, carbonation is decent, I'm just looking for a little more.

Drinks like a dream. So complex, definitely a tremendous beer to share with good friends. If you can get it, do. If you have it, drink it.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 310 out of 600. Finally got to try this beer had it since last
Oct. The WVbeergeek talked his way into it at the Map Room in Swissvale on one of our beer trips.

Came in a brown wrapper felt like it had a wax coating of some sort on it. A 1pt. 9.3oz bottle with a crimped cap with a tough wax seal looked the the stuff you dip tool handles into and about as tough. Split it with the WVbeergeek into a Mad Elf Tulip glass. Sorry about the Troegs glass Scott they just barely edged you out of 30th place in the top BA brewery list.

Poured with a reddish/orange color under on hurricane lamp on the deck looked about the same inside the house,very mirky had a cider like apperance with lots of sediment could see a few very tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass. Off white head very thick and creamy with an allmost never die retention leaving thick curtians of lace down the glass.

Very sweet burnt carmell aroma,complex with lots of fruityness mostly dark fruits figs and raisins with a hint of apple. A slight tinge of alcohol,some vinious aromas,also spicy with a note of nutmeg. Inticing couldn't wait to taste.

A very sweet, sugary, heavy carmel taste like in the aroma, lots of dark fruit figs/dates a touch of raisin. Vinious with a juicy booziness but enjoyable not overbearing. Has a quick sharp bitterness,puckering, very well balanced. Very complex tastes almost hard to describe. Seemed to taste a bit different with ever sip. The best tasing barleywine i've had so far.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Thick with some cloying,yet still has a somewhat light feel. Goes down nice,but a definate sipper. Amazing beer wish I had more of this beer stashed away.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2008:

A - Murky brown in color with very little head that forms only around the edge of the glass. Scary but intriguing.

S - Very complex array of malty notes, raisin, and grape. I think I caught some grapefruit in there as well, and the alcohol isn't hiding either.

T - Very sweet beer. I could pick up flavors of rum, raisin, and plum. Some caramel was present but only slightly noticeable. Light hop bitterness. It also has some candied sugar-like characteristics to it.

M/D - Chewy, thick, and full bodied as a beer can be. This is a really great beer that I want to try again!

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Photo of BierGartenok
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW, I cannot say enough about this beer. Vintage 2008 sampled at a tasting for El Joebo..RIP brotha.

A: Deep brown to golden color

S: Malty goodness, feed bag and vanilla. Caramel hints and plum fruit notes..excellent

T: Sweet and tasty..Malt comes through big and is balanced great by the hops.

M: Full bodied covers the palate completely, goes down smooth, slight alcohol flavor present in the finish

O: Just an Amazing beer dedicated to a great guy and great Beer Advocate!!.

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Photo of Dajtai007
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried several vintages over the years and I have to say hands down my favorite Barleywine!
Appearance is golden amber exactly what you want to see with this style. Slight cloudiness.
Smell is different from vintage to vintage with the fresher ones (within 2 years) being hoppy notes, biscuit, and sweetness. The older ones (3+) muted hops and more vanilla and caramel.
Taste, as stated above fresher a bit more hoppy, long roller coaster ride of flavors cascading from hops to malty goodness. Older ones have a deep interpretation of English Style.
Mouth feel is thick and chewy. Not like The Perfect Storm or a Thomas Hardy, but just enough to be the backbone of all the flavor profiles.
Overall the most consistent barleywine out there. They year after year put out a quality Annv. beer that shows their "Gratitude" and what a beer they produce. I believe with 3 years in the cellar it matures wonderfully. I have yet to have any of their vintages that taste like its "gone down hill". Plus its one of the prettiest bottles ever made. Must seek out! The only other BW that beats this is Wooden Hell.

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4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the release day of this and just opened my first 2007.

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a clear apricot copper with 2 finger cloud of a head that dissipates quickly leaving minor sticky lacing

S: Smells is jammed with tons of citrus combined with a boatload of brown sugar, slight molasses, and alcohol.

T: Taste is immaculate of very sweet bready malts, caramel, lighter fruits, white wine, and minor astringent alcohol that does not take from the taste

Overall, this is an excellent brew from East End, as usual. I was lucky enough to grab a few of these and will age the rest!

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4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 (Yellow Wax) - bottle 713/1500. Sampled October 31, 2011.

Gratitude might just as well be called 'Determination' because that's what's required to actually get that cap open. That crown is sufficiently insulated to withstand a category five hurricane. Buried under all that yellow wax is a smoky rosewood coloured beer. Maintaining a big foamy head is for 11.5% beer what running a half-marathon is for a linebacker. But East End shows us it's not impossible.

The abundance of sticky, gooey hop resins in this bouquet have me preemptively licking my lips already. The beer is ripe with a Madeira-like complexity and some of the ripe fruity sweetness too. It has hints of smoke and peat and enough maltiness that you could wrap yourself in it to stay warm on a cold fall evening.

I'd be happy to just smell the beer all night - it has an incredible sensual, calming effect - but tasting it provides an equally special sensation. Gratitude may be the most seamless of barleywines, by which I mean it has a rich, succulent flavour that is more than the mere sum of its parts. It is difficult to name specific flavours.

...but if I had to, I'd say it resembles dried fruits coated in tree resin. Or maybe a chocolate ganache that was infused with port wine. Or caramel coated figs. The hops still provide such pineapple and pine features that I can only imagine how blaring they must have been four years ago. Same goes for the malt, which remains impressively gooey and thick.

Despite their strength, some barleywines age no better than Nick Nolte has. But this bottle of Gratitude has held up better than the pyramids at Giza. It is still strong yet soft, without any oxidation (no surprise there) and both hops and malts are still in yoga instructor-like shape. If I had a fantasy beer cellar league, Gratitude would be my first round pick.

I don't think East End Brewing could offer a more suitable beer to show their gratitude for their loyal customers. Every bit the effort and attention to detail that was put into the presentation was clearly also put into the beer. This is, for my money, one of the most bewitching barleywines out there and is a must-buy no matter the cost.

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4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage. This poured a hazy copper with some light tan head. It smelled like peaches and cream, with candied pineapple and caramel and honey malts, and a bit of bready yeast and alcohol. It tasted like peaches and nectarines and creamy honey, with some mango and bready yeast, and a bit of copper hops and alcohol. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had an amazing scent and taste, with tons of fruity sweetness. It had great body too, and hid the alcohol decently. So it was pretty easy to drink, but much better to sip and savor. I haven't tried this fresh, but several years aged is fantastic, and it could still easily age longer. This is a top notch barleywine.

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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage: 674 of 1500. Purchased at Capones. Pours with a good bit of head which settles quickly. Amber in color. Smells very sweet and fruity. Taste is a wonderful mix of fruit and malt. Mouthfeel is smooth despite the ABV and this is really drinkable. Wow, this is a fantastic barleywine. Highly recommended.


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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Biglite351 for the bottle
2009 Vintage

A-- Poured a thick reddish orange color with a hue to it. At best a half finger of off white head and settled to film through drinking. Lots of spotty lacking through drinking. Minimal carbonation showing. Excellent packaging.

S-- Orange marmalade and fresh strawberry jam. No hop presence in this at all, as the malts have totally taken over on this. Good nose. Sweet and sticky.

T-- Strawberry jam, Carmel, orange marmalade, and a bit of bread. Sweet and sticky taste but not over the top in either area.

M-- Smooth, coating, sticky, and long lasting flavor. Scary how balanced this was and that the 11.2% was very well hidden. Started getting flavors of apricot jam towards the end.

O-- Brilliant! From packaging to the end this rocked. Reminded me a lot of some of the better desert wines available here and the flavor characters. Well hidden ABV, easy to drink and full of thick jammy flavors. Going to have to trade for more of this.

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